Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Buying.........

So I told you I'd be back with the car boot sale bargains. And this is them - six 100g balls of Sirdar Denim chunky for £5 and five 100g balls of Paton's Symphony for £3:

  
Pretty good, don't you think?? 
But even better was these:
The lady had a whole stack of StitchCraft magazines from the late 70's to early 80's! These are lovely booklets and I already have a few in my collection. They cover a range of different needlecrafts - crochet, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch, rugmaking, all wonderful crafts:

 

. The illustrations are just lovely and although some of the patterns are a bit too "of the times" there are some great ones that need no adjusting if you love the vintage look, or that can be brought right up to date with just a few tweaks. Getting hold of the yarns used would probably be impossible now, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to use some of them anyway ;-). So how much for these five I hear you ask? £2.00! Isn't that a bargain? The seller had a pile of them, maybe 30 or more, and she was asking 50p each one. John asked her what kind of deals she was open to but she was very non-committal and had the maybe I appeared over keen as she just said she would let me select what I wanted before she gave a price. Despite saying again that I would love them all she wouldn't commit to a price so I eventually selected these five. I do wish I had haggled a price with her over the whole collection........
Another lovely find was these candlestick holders:




Ok they're not that great but they only cost £1 for the pair, and then further on I came across a can of enamel spray for £1 too which I snapped up and now my candle holders look like this:


Lovely don't you think?

So there we go, the yarnbuying ban is officially over. And ready to start again for another six months! Why, do you ask? Because I have also been treated to some lovely yarns from my lovely man. Yesterday I also acquired a skein of laceweight, some sock yarn, some more cotton 4ply, and a couple of skeins of Mirasol T'ika. So the dent I had created in the stash has now been smoothed over and filled in. Now to find the inspiration to start working through it all over again. That's if I can tear myself away from the strangely addictive Granny stripe hookiness.........
So what crafty bargains have you come across lately? And please - links to yarn sales are not allowed here! Well maybe if you really want to.........

-x-

3 comments:

Dawn said...

Lovely bargains! I remember my Mom had some Stitchcraft books when I was a child, I bet they're still in her loft!

Craft bargains here? Well my drum carder recently would be the best one, but also the gorgeous sheeps wool picked up on Sunday - some wonderful stuff there, and all free although I do give the farmers some money.

Dawn said...

Oh and Happy Birthday to you! Welcome to the 40's club ;-)
Hope you have a great day!
love Dawn x

Joxy said...

Happy Birthday hun

Hehehe, so I shouldn't mention that www.cucumberpatch.co.uk has a end of line section and has some lovely, lovely yarns in there.....

Oooh love the magazines, I got some old patterns and magazines from a lady at the stitch and bitch group and oooh, some of the shawls are simply divine! Have to learn hairpin crochet first though :-)